hasn't been easy

(it) hasn't been easy

Said about a difficult or upsetting time in one's life. It hasn't been easy, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time right now. Hasn't been easy, but we'll survive.
See also: been, easy
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(It) hasn't been easy.

 and Things haven't been easy.
Things have been difficult, but I have gotten through. Bill: I'm so sorry about all your troubles. I hope things are all right now. Bob: It hasn't been easy, but things are okay now. John: How are you getting on after your dog died? Bill: Things haven't been easy.
See also: been, easy
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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